One year ago, H.I.V.E. began in the back room of Weezie’s Candy Emporium as a group of women gathered to voice our concerns, disappointment and hopes for our community and beyond. We didn’t know much but we did know we had a desire to create some positivity around us. So we began by educating ourselves on issues and then moved to getting involved in local projects, initiatives and candidates. We’ve supported each other in our own projects and come together to lift each other up. We’ve also met with more fabulous people and organizations than we can count to help create positive change in our community, state and beyond. Thank you for an awesome first year and we look forward to much more to come!
This past year, H.I.V.E.:
- Successfully asked the Homewood City Schools to change their Code of Conduct to be inclusive of students (and employees) regardless of their sexual orientation/gender identity.
- Organized an Anti-Bullying/Anti-Bias Book Drive resulting in over 43 books being donated to the three Homewood Elementary schools, totaling over $900 in donations.
- Rallied behind our local candidates Felicia Stewart (Candidate for AL House District 46), Danner Kline (6th U.S. Congressional District) and Doug Jones (U.S. Senate), hosting a meet the candidates night, phone banking sessions, writing postcards, parading in the Homewood Christmas Parade and more.
- Co-hosted a Women’s in Politics Luncheon at the Clubhouse on Highlands with the fabulous M.A.D. in Alabama, Forward Alabama and the Greater Birmingham Democrats
- Organized our first Open Ears & Beers Event at Good People Brewery, bringing together people from all sides of the conversation to find common ground
- H.I.V.E. Books, a monthly book club
- Our members collected donations/contributed to:
- Magic City Acceptance Center
- First Light Women’s Shelter
- Islamic Academy of Alabama
- Talking to Our Neighbors (Indivisible’s Carole Griffin, Lawyer and Member Extraordinaire Doug Marsh)
- Environmental Issues (GASP,’s Kirsten Bryant, March for Science’s Nicole Watkins)
- Meet the Candidates Night (Felicia Stewart, Danner Kline, Doug Jones) and info session with the Greater Birmingham Democrats’ Bob Parker and Ready to Run’s Pat Vandermeer
- Healthcare (Former Finance Director of Children’s Hospital Alabama and more Doug Hoffman, Retired Medical Director of the William A. Daniel, Jr. Adolescent Health Center and more Marsha Studervant and Director of State Government Relations at HealthSouth and more Katie Shuey)
- Education (Alabama education blogger Larry Lee, AL.com Education reporter Trisha Crain, Elementary School Principal Susan Remick)
- Human Rights (Magic City Acceptance Center’s Amanda Keller, Lawyer & ACLU and AIDS Alabama Board Member Anil Mujumdar)
- Emerge Alabama’s Stacie Propst